It seemed Gold was the recurring theme for Australian athletes at Sail Melbourne’s 2011 ISAF Sailing World Cup.
Saturday saw Aussie athletes coming out on top of the competition during the exciting medal races. Tom Slingsby went into Saturday with a massive lead ahead of his fellow sailors and a guaranteed first place and gold medal.
Fabulous 49er sailors Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen went into their medal race with a 4 point lead ahead of Australian brother duo Sam and Will Phillips with Kiwis Blair Tuke and Peter Burling not far behind. Outteridge and Jensen came out on top and claimed another golden victory with the Phillips brothers winning Silver and the Kiwi sailors Tuke/Burling claiming Bronze.
Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen
New Perth crew Elise Rechichi and Belinda Stowell who only just paired together last month for the Women’s 470 smashed their competition on Saturday having gone into their medal race with a 7 point lead! The girls continued their high performance and claimed Gold for Australia. Go Aussie girls!
In the Men’s 470 Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page managed to win their medal race, resulting in a Silver medal. Unfortunately they were unsuccessful in winning Gold due to a massive lead by the American crew Stuart McNay and Graham Biehl. The boys would have had to put themselves 5 places in front of the American crew in order to win Gold. Aussie crew Sam Kivell and Will Ryan scored themselves a silver medal for their talents.
Laser Radial star and Brighton girl Krystal Weir fought back to receive a bronze medal, with Chinese sailor Lijia Xu coming out with the gold and Tuula Tenkanen from Finland receiving the silver.
Aussie star Krystal Weir came 3rd in the Laser Radial
Women’s RS:X windsurfer legend Jess Crisp fought hard out on the bay and it paid off with another Gold for the Aussies. British rival Bryony Shaw came in a close 2nd and Italian beauty Flavia Tartaglini claimed a brave Bronze while in the midst of suffering from a bout of the flu.
The athletes then collected their medals at the podium presentation and stayed on at Sandringham Yacht Club for the glamorous Lifestyle Party, which saw many of our fun and fashionable Melbourne friends party the night away alongside our world class athletes. Watch out for my blog with all the inside goss on the VIP event and Lifestyle Party!